- subject to death; having a transitory life: all mortal creatures.
- of or relating to human beings as subject to death; human: this mortal life.
- belonging to this world.
- deadly or implacable; relentless: a mortal enemy.
- severe, dire, grievous, or bitter: in mortal fear.
- causing or liable to cause death; fatal: a mortal wound.
- to the death: mortal combat.
- of or relating to death: the mortal hour.
- involving spiritual death (opposed to venial): mortal sin.
- long and wearisome.
- extreme; very great: in a mortal hurry.
- conceivable; possible: of no mortal value to the owners.
- a human being.
- the condition of being subject to death.
Origin of mortal
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Examples from the Web for mortally
Less than 30 minutes after the firefight started, commandos entered the compound and found the mortally wounded hostages.Did U.S. Policy Get Luke Somers Killed?
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But privately, according to Trierweiler, Hollande slithered back and attempted to rekindle the mortally wounded relationship.Hell Hath No Fury Like Valerie Trierweiler, the French President’s Ex
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He was leading the way to the opposite corner when he was mortally wounded by a sniper.Why Was My Son Killed in Fallujah—and His Murderer Set Free?
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Except that Gradus misses Kinbote and mortally wounds Shade.Pale Fire and the Cold War: Redefining Vladimir Nabokov’s Masterpiece
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Wortham had survived a combat tour in Iraq only to be mortally wounded while challenging a thief in front of his own house.‘Safe Passage’ Signs Are a Signal That Chicago Has Surrendered
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He'd be dead of fright before morning, he's so mortally afraid of ghosts.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
As for the canon, I am afraid I have offended him mortally by sticking up for you.People of Position
Stanley Portal Hyatt
The princess had mortally offended her father-in-law's favourite.The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series
They had evidently been mortally wounded, and died while waiting for help.War from the Inside
Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
Unless she went warily he might find that out and be mortally offended.Love and Lucy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
- (of living beings, esp human beings) subject to death
- of or involving life or the world
- ending in or causing death; fatala mortal blow
- deadly or unrelentinga mortal enemy
- of or like the fear of death; diremortal terror
- great or very intensemortal pain
- possiblethere was no mortal reason to go
- slang long and tediousfor three mortal hours
- a mortal being
- informal a persona mean mortal
Word Origin and History for mortally
mid-14c., "deadly," also "doomed to die," from Old French mortel "destined to die; deserving of death," from Latin mortalis "subject to death, mortal, of a mortal, human," from mors (genitive mortis) "death," from PIE base *mer- "to die," with derivatives referring to death and human beings" (cf. Sanskrit mrtih "death," martah "mortal man;" Avestan miryeite "dies," Old Persian martiya- "man;" Armenian meranim "die;" Latin mori "to die;" Lithuanian mirtis "mortal man;" Greek brotos "mortal" (hence ambrotos "immortal"); Old Church Slavonic mrutvu "dead;" Old Irish marb, Welsh marw "died;" Old English morþ "murder"). The most widespread Indo-European root for "to die," forming the common word for it except in Greek and Germanic. Watkins says it is "possibly" the same as PIE *mer- "rub, pound, wear away" (see morbid).
"mortal thing or substance," 1520s, from mortal (adj.). Latin mortalis also was used as a noun, "a man, mortal, human being."
- Liable or subject to death.
- Causing death; fatal.